NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – President Obama said he will address the nation about his plan to deal with the terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria in a Wednesday speech, after meeting with members of Congress. He sat down with NBC’s Chuck Todd for an exclusive Meet the Press interview, which aired Sunday, saying he wanted the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how the country would deal with it.
“We’re not looking at sending in 100,000 American troops. We are going to be as part of an international coalition carrying out air strikes in support of work on the ground by Iraqi troops,” President Obama said.
The air strikes have already started, many from the Norfolk-based U.S.S George H. W. Bush. The military launched more strikes Saturday, and after the execution of two American journalists. On Friday, Republican Congressman Randy Forbes, from Virginia’s 4th District, talked about the plan to send Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to build a coalition force against ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
“I don’t think Secretary Kerry is a plan. I think putting in a strong military presence around the world is what we need. Not going to war, but having a presence there to say American leadership is back,” Rep. Forbes said.
President Obama said the speech would not be an announcement about U.S. ground troops. “This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war. What this is is similar to the kinds of counter-terrorism campaigns that we’ve been engaging in consistently over the last five, six, seven years,” Obama said.